Band Interview: Kaylee Rutland

June 14, 2014

Eighteen-year-old Kaylee Rutland, a Texan contemporary country singer and songwriter, will be playing this year’s Dallas Music Fest in it’s twelfth consecutive run. Kaylee’s musical inspiration comes from artists such as Reba McEntire, Sarah Evans, and Carrie Underwood. “Music has always been something I’ve wanted to do,” says Kaylee, “it’s been a huge part of my life since I was a kid.” Kaylee’s songs primarily deal with themes of friends, faith, and love – things.

“If I hear someone say something that I think would work great in a song, I’ll take that knowledge with me and work with it to write my lyrics,” she says. When Kaylee is writing songs, she says she is hard on herself because she wants the lyrics and music to sound as good as they can. Once Kaylee has the basic lyrics down for a song, she takes what she wrote and her and her band meet up, jam through it, and bounce ideas off of each other.

Kaylee and her band plan on releasing their second CD sometime in the near future – it has been about a year since her first EP was released. Kaylee also recently wrapped up recording a song and filming a music video with country stars, Jamie O’Neal and Colt Ford. “It was a real blessing to record with such nice and down to earth people like Jamie and Colt,” said Rutland. When Kaylee was just starting out in music, she says her biggest challenge was being comfortable on stage in front of a crowd when she originally felt awkward being in front of so many people.

Kaylee tells us that her favorite show she’s every played was a two-hour show right before a Stars game, known as the Pregame Party on the Plaza (the Stars are Dallas’s NHL hockey team). She has been lucky enough to play this event two times. “I loved every minute of it, even though it was freezing cold!” she said. Kaylee says that if she could open up for any band or artist in the world, she would want to open up for Reba McEntire – her idol.

Kaylee gave some advice for up and coming artists. Her advice is to not mind the skeptics but listen to loved ones. “Whenever you’re an up and coming artist, you will always have those people that will want to bring you down and want to tell you that your music isn’t good enough. Don’t listen to them, because they are just out to put you down. The ones you need to listen to are the ones who believe in you. Lastly, if you believe in yourself, then other people will start to believe in you. If you believe in yourself, you will succeed.”

Kaylee Rutland will be performing at this year’s Dallas Music Festival, presented by EagleOne Entertainment and Gorilla Music. For more information on the Dallas Music Festival, check out the Gorilla Music website.

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